8 Tips on Nail Care: A Nail Technician’s Guide

Nail technician providing nail care for children

Are you interested in becoming an expert in nail care? Always painting your fingernails to match your outfit? Learning about the newest nail styles and sharing them with your friends? If you are interested in nail care, you may also be interested in becoming a nail technician. As a nail technician, you can help clients care for their nails. Here are some tips that a nail technician would offer to clients to best care for their nails.

Tip #1: Keep Your Nails and Hands Clean

Dirty hands are just asking for trouble, both from a health and an aesthetic point of view. Not only are dirty nails unhygienic, they are unattractive. Fingernails are a part of the hand washing process and general cleaning process. Throughout the day your nails can pick up dirt and particles from different places. That dirt build-up can weaken the integrity of your nails and cause them to become brittle. Even small amounts of debris and dirt under your nails can spread illness, so it’s important to keep in mind that washing your hands and nails more carefully isn’t just for you.

Tip #2: Massage Lotion Into Your Cuticles and Nails

Maintaining a proper balance of hydration is important for your skin and that includes the skin around your fingernails. Keeping your hand skin and cuticles strong will help keep you from easily getting infections or irritations around your nails. We all touch a lot of things throughout the course of a day. It would be wise to make sure your skin is a strong barrier against the germs you encounter. Dry skin can lead to cracks that are invitations to bacterial infections, so make your hands and nails part of your skincare routine.

Tip #3: Avoid Harsh Chemicals When You Can

It is important to be careful and informed about all the beauty and wellness products you choose. The more chemicals a product has, the more damage it can do to your nails and skin. Pick natural product options when possible and try to avoid frequent run-ins with polish remover. If you work with or have household cleaning products you come into frequent contact that contain harsh chemicals, gloves and tools (such as brushes and sponges) can act as a barrier. They can also reduce the severity of any chemical contact you do end up having with cleaners.

Tip #4: Keep Your Nails Dry

Yes, there are plenty of examples when your nails will have to get wet. You must take showers, clean your home and wash your hands. Incidental hand contact with water is inevitable throughout the day. However, if you can avoid soaking them in water for prolonged periods of time you are a lot more likely to have healthy strong nails. Soaking nails can lead to splitting, tearing and infections from moisture and bacteria build up under and around the nails. Try to use cloth lined rubber gloves for protection against extensive water exposure while dish washing or tub cleaning. You can also make sure to thoroughly dry your hands and nails after unavoidable, routine daily contact.

Tip #5: Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

A good tip for strengthening your nails is to get the nutrition necessary for the nails to grow strong. There are supplements specifically created with things like healthy fingernails and hair in mind. Research has even suggested that biotin (a vitamin that is part of the vitamin B family) may be helpful to promote the strength and growth of fingernails. Consult your physician before making any decisions about your health and nutrition.

Tip #6: Cut and File Your Nails

No more biting, picking or tearing at your nails. Aside from the obvious contamination factor of biting into your fingers, it weakens your actual nails. Filing and cutting your nails is the best way to keep from having jagged nail edges that may snag and tear, which can cause cuts. Using strong files, clean clippers and sharp nail scissors will help keep you from getting an uncomfortable nail infection or painful injury. Clean edges don’t snag or break as easily and they help promote stronger, more even growth. So, when you are cutting, trimming or filing down your nails make sure you take the time to do it the right way with the proper tools.

The way you care for natural and fake nails is essentially the same. Artificial nails need strong, healthy nails to adhere to that will be sturdy and supportive bases for whatever artificial style you prefer. There are, however, a few practical suggestions you will want to keep in mind about the salons and manicurists you choose to use.

Tip #7: Only Visit Licensed Nail Technicians

When you first walk into a salon, it shouldn’t be hard to spot any business and health licenses. You’ll also want to insist on a qualified nail technician when first booking your appointment. Make sure you see the certification before your manicure or pedicure begins. A helpful tip for the salon experts includes taking some time to look into the salon establishments you already frequent. Do you remember seeing any certifications hanging on the wall of the salon, or around the nail technician station. If not, you may want to ask if they have them or to see them. The licenses salons need are required to ensure your safety when it comes to the business practices and the building itself. A nail technician needs certifications to show that they are trained to do a quality job without endangering or injuring you. If a salon or nail technician can’t meet basic industry qualification standards, it’s time to go somewhere else for nail care.

Tip #8: Find a Nail Technician That Listens

Disagreements and disappointments happen in customer service from time to time. Styles turn out differently than we thought they would, and misunderstandings happen. But if something is hurting, uncomfortable, off or against your wishes then it’s time to move on to someone and somewhere else for your manicures. If you make someone aware of a sensitivity or issue and it is disregarded, that is much different than the general frustration that occasionally happens in any customer service field.

You have your own style. That includes the way you wear, shape and paint your nails. Whatever your personal nail fashion preferences are, a tip that benefits your nail health is important, even from an aesthetic point of view. Taking proper care of your nails keeps them from looking discolored, flaky, and breaking off unexpectedly. Don’t neglect your nails, take care of them. Your nails will never look better no matter how you prefer to wear them.

Are you interested in becoming a nail technician? Your search for a nail technician program ends at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, where you learn all the tricks of the trade to provide the look and TLC clients are looking for. Our campus locations are convenient, if you are looking for beauty schools that can train you to become a licensed nail technician. You will graduate with a firm understanding of the anatomy of the nails and the skills to perform a variety of nail services, including manicures, pedicures, gel polish applications and nail art.

Both campuses feature salon-grade pedicure chairs and manicure stations where you will get to perfect your skills in a professional salon setting. If you are looking to become a licensed nail technician, you can gain valuable, real-world experience you graduate working with products used in many salons across the country.

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